PSB Academy

Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Science), University of Western Australia

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The Pharmaceutical Science degree reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of therapeutic drug discovery, development and analysis. Throughout the programme, there is a strong chemistry component, which parallels the essential role of chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry. There is a solid introduction to biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics of humans and pathogens as a backdrop for understanding human disease, drug action and the principles of drug design.
Many facets of pharmaceutical development are covered, including drug discovery and optimisation (medicinal chemistry); pharmaceutical formulation, manufacture and quality control; and clinical trials and applications.


Programme Structure

The programme requires the completion of 24 units (144 points) and consists of 17 core units (102 points), 1 optional unit (6 points) and 6 elective units (36 points) of unspecified advanced standing (credit).

Polytechnic diploma and diploma holders will receive advanced standing (credit) for all elective units. Students may receive additional credit for core units depending on GPA. Please contact our programme consultants for a full consultation.


Programme Outline

  Unit Code Unit Title Pre-requisite
1 Option ANHB1101 or
Human Biology I (Becoming Human), OR
Biological Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Nil.Background in chemistry
2 Core SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell Background in biology and chemistry
3 Core CHEM1103 Biological Organic Chemistry Background in chemistry
4 Core GENE2204 Principles of Genetics Background in biology
5 Core CHEM2210 Structure Determination & Physical Chemistry CHEM1103 and CHEM1104
6 Core BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell SCIE1106
7 Core SCIE2225 Molecular Biology SCIE1106
8 Core MICR2205 General & Applied Microbiology Background in biology
9 Core CHEM2221 Biological & Medicinal Chemistry CHEM2210
10 Core CHEM2211 Synthetic & Materials Chemistry CHEM2210
11 Core CHEM3305 Biological Chemistry CHEM2210
12 Core CHEM3307 Metals in Biological Chemistry CHEM2210
13 Core CHEM3319 Analytical Chemistry & Occupational Health & Safety CHEM2210
14 Core CHEM3312 Chemistry of Drug Design & Discovery CHEM2210 and CHEM2221
15 Core SCIE3326 Molecular Biology Part 1 (AC) SCIE2225
16 Core SCIE3327 Molecular Biology Part 2 SCIE2225
17 Core PHCY3301 Therapeutic Product Formulation CHEM2221 and CHEM3312
18 Core PHCY3302  Nutrition, Health and Drug Development BIOC2201 and CHEM2211 and (CHEM2210 or CHEM2221)

Delivery of programmes may not follow the sequence as shown and are subject to change.
Note: Elective units are not listed.



The programme can be completed within 2-4 years. For those with exemptions, this programme may be completed within a shorter period.


English Language Proficiency

Please note that all students must also meet the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • C6 or better for GCE O-Level; OR
  • 570 (paper-based total) and 230 (computer-based total) in TOEFL with Essay Rating/TWE of 4.5 or Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in the Writing section and no less than 20 in the other sections; OR
  • 6.5 in IELTS with no band less than 6.0; OR
  • Grade C for the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade E for GCE A-Level



An Honours degree is available to students who satisfy the entrance requirements. Interested students should apply via student connect at The University of Western Australia.

Entry Requirements

  • Local Polytechnic Diploma with GPA ≥ 2.2; OR GCE A-Level and STPM (subject to the University’s admission guidelines);
  • GCE A-Level Mathematics with minimum Grade E or equivalent is also a pre-requisite for entry to the Bachelor of Science programmes

Delivery methods

  • Classroom & Laboratory

Assesment Methods

  • Laboratory assignments, projects, mid-term examinations and final examinations

Graduation and Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Science)

Commencement date

Jan, Apr, Sep & Nov

Full/part time

Part Time

Length of course

12 Months

Course Price

$ 42,372.00

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